One Pack's Scouting at Home Experience
A lot of things have changed for scouting families over the course of the past several months. We went from gathering in person for den and pack meetings to gathering in front of web cams.
Planned events have been postponed in the hopes that we will be able to safely meet in person soon. Like many other Packs and Troops across Northern Star Council, Delano Pack 273 has been finding new and creative ways to stay connected.
Our last official in-person gathering was March 1 where we celebrated out Pack’s 70th Anniversary. Little did we all know that it would be our last in-person get together for a while.
In Mid-March March, pack families received a video message from their Cubmaster, encouraging them to continue scouting from home using their handbooks with the help of den and pack leaders. In April the Pack held its first virtual pack meeting and will do it again in May.
Pack leadership has been working to come up with creative ways to hold events the pack would normally do in person. One of those events is Scouting for Food. The pack and troop are working with the local food shelf and grocery store in Delano to plan a drive-thru food drop. We are hopeful that later this summer we will be able to support the food shelf during this important time of need.
On Saturday, May 9th a few Delano Cub Scouts practiced social distancing while planting 100 trees. The trees were donated by the Wright Soil & Water Conservation District as part of their annual tree sale. City of Delano staff prepared a planting area while the cub scouts planted the trees. The trees will be relocated to parks and boulevards as needed.
Planning summer events has been a little tricky. Our Pack is usually very active in the summer. We take part in the state’s largest 4th of July parade in Delano and hold many other events. Like many others, we are taking thinks day by day and week by week. Our Pack is very excited about Summer Camp this year. We are usually one of the largest Packs at Camp Phillipo in August.
Scouts and scout leaders in our pack are adapting. And while we may not be able to meet in person, there are creative ways, with the help of technology, that we can successfully scout from home
In time of great need, the scouting movement across this country and the world found ways to meet the needs of others. This is one of those times in history where we can make a difference in the lives of our scouts, families and those around us.